Jessica Sinclair Taylor's blog
Official figures due out tomorrow are projected to show a rise in child poverty – a trend independent experts suggest may continue over the next five years, as we move further and further away from the Government’s legal target to eliminate child poverty by 2020.
On 25th June the Department for Work and Pensions will release updated figures on poverty, including child poverty, for 2013-14.
These figures were delayed until after the election, meaning the last government went into a General Election with child poverty figures available only up to the end of March 2013 – that’s before most of the austerity-driven benefit cuts had been implemented.
Back in the early 2000s, ‘child poverty’ was the term on every politician’s lips. The lead up to the Child Poverty Act in 2010 achieved cross-party consensus on the necessity of eradicating child poverty by 2020. These days, enthusiasm to give children in poverty the attention they deserve seems more muted.